WINTER PARK, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - 4 Rivers Smokehouses will break their 'closed on Sunday' policy and open on September 8th to raise funds for relief efforts in the Bahamas.
The Bahamas was ravaged by Hurricane Dorian after it made landfall there as a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph and 220 mph wind gusts. At least 20 people were killed and thousands of homes were destroyed or damaged.
4Rivers Smokehouses said that they will open all their 4 Rivers Smokehouses and The COOP to benefit relief efforts in the Bahamas. Contributions from Sunday will be donated to World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters.
They said that each 4 Rivers Smokehouse will be open between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. They will offer regular dine-in, to-go, and online menus. The COOP will be open between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. they will serve breakfast all day.
“As Floridians, we know all too well the destruction hurricanes can cause and it saddens us to see the devastation caused in the Bahamas by Dorian,” said John Rivers, 4 Rivers Founder/CEO. “Community is the core of our brand, so the entire 4R family is proud to contribute to relief efforts in the Bahamas by raising funds on September 8th at our 4 Rivers Smokehouses and The COOP.”
This is reportedly the first time that 4 Rivers Smokehouse and The COOP will open statewide on a Sunday in the name of charity. They have previously opened individual locations on Sunday to raise charitable funds, including after the Pulse Nightclub massacre in 2016, the death of Kissimmee Police Department Officer Matthew Baxter and Sft. Richard 'Sam' Howard in 2017, and the Parkland school shooting in 2018.
Hurricane Dorian is currently moving near the Carolina coast as a Category 2 storm.
For more information, visit the 4 Rivers Smokehouses website.
This story was written in Orlando, Florida.